- to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly: to crave sweets; to crave affection.
- to require; need: a problem craving prompt attention.
- to ask earnestly for (something); beg for.
- to ask (a person) earnestly for something or to do something.
- to beg or plead (usually followed by for).
Origin of crave
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Examples from the Web for craves
One writes in order to “remember” having had the things one craves.André Aciman: How I Write
November 28, 2012
Wall Street, whose denizens have the most to lose from a vault over the fiscal cliff, craves a resolution.Day 13: Wall St. Happy With Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, But Skeptics See Photo-Op
November 19, 2012
He is a man who is not only at home in the spotlight, he craves it.Michael Jackson's Rabbi is Running for Congress
March 17, 2012
The move would reflect a strong stance of political will, and realism, which is what the markets, and everyone else, craves.Europe’s Messy Family
October 11, 2011
Fill in the names and numbers of stores near campus to buy kid staples and goodies he needs and craves for pulling all-nighters.10 Tips to Start the Fall Off Right
Barbara Guggenheim, Nadine Schiff
September 5, 2010
There is something in us which requires it, which craves for it.The Conquest of Fear
She craves nothing but the compulsion to unconditional obedience.Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)
The one craves what he may eat, the other craves what he may imitate.By the Christmas Fire
Samuel McChord Crothers
That which it has it gives, and craves for more to give and give, till the soul's infinity be drained.Cleopatra
H. Rider Haggard
But one craves a recreation, a rest which work nor sleep can give.
- (when intr, foll by for or after) to desire intensely; long (for)
- (tr) to need greatly or urgently
- (tr) to beg or plead for
Word Origin and History for craves
Old English crafian "ask, implore, demand by right," from North Germanic *krabojan (cf. Old Norse krefja "to demand," Danish kræve, Swedish kräva); perhaps related to craft in its base sense of "power." Current sense "to long for" is c.1400, probably through intermediate meaning "to ask very earnestly" (c.1300). Related: Craved; craving.